Forensic and Analytical Science

CHE60001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


Assumed knowledge:
Basic understanding of Chemistry at an undergraduate level (at least first year).

Aims and objectives

This unit is a Postgraduate Level Chemistry unit, designed for students who have a background in science with chemistry to at least first year level. The unit is designed to introduce analytical chemistry with an emphasis on statistical analysis of data, spectroscopy and chemical separations with particular relevance to forensic investigations.

Unit Learning OutcomesCompetencies
ULO1: Apply statistical methods to analytical measurements and interpret their significance 
ULO2: Describe the fundamental basis for chemical separation processes and the theory of chromatographic separations 
ULO3: Describe the basic components of a gas chromatograph and a liquid chromatograph along with the application and limitations of the chromatographic systems in the context of the relationships between the operational and measurable parameters 
ULO4: Recognise the steps required for science to be used within the legal system based on the scientific and legal merits of a new scientific technique 
ULO5: Discuss the forensic applications of GC and HPLC 
ULO6: Describe the fundamental components of both absorption and emission spectrometers as well as the specific instrumentation required for atomic and UV-visible absorption and infra-red (IR) spectrometers 
ULO7: Describe the types of chemical substances that can be determined by each type of spectroscopic analysis